The Silver Chair Screenwriter David Magee Is Writing Script for Hans Christian Andersen Musical

Posted March 1, 2018 2:34 pm by The Rose-Tree Dryad

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair screenwriter David Magee has another project in the works. Deadline is reporting that Magee has written the script for an untitled musical fantasy about the author Hans Christian Andersen, with lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz penning the music.

Last October, we heard from The Silver Chair director Joe Johnston that they were still working on the script for the upcoming Narnia film.

Since The Snow Queen is one of Andersen’s most popular fairy tales and features an icy and dangerous ruler, it’s possible that Narnia fans will find something in the new musical franchise that is reminiscent of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Some readers have speculated that C.S. Lewis may have drawn inspiration for the White Witch from Andersen’s fairy tale, since the beautiful Snow Queen also arrives on a sleigh wearing a white fur coat and kidnaps a young boy:

Check out NarniaWeb’s exclusive interview with The Silver Chair screenwriter David Magee on Talking Beasts: The Narnia Podcast.

 

 

5 Comments For This Story

  • Just Queen, not High Queen says:

    I saw on ScreenRant that Ansel Elgort is being eyed for this project. Really interested to see how it turns out. https://screenrant.com/ansel-elgort-hans-christian-andersen-musical/

  • Impending Doom says:

    David Magee is quite the hot commodity these days. Bodes well for the Silver Chair’s script.

    He’s a real talent so I’m glad he’s being rewarded with these big projects!

  • Eric Geddes says:

    Is it a play or a film? If its a play I’m SO exited!

    • The Rose-Tree Dryad says:

      Deadline says that the concept is "a musical Harry Potter, a potential movie franchise that can later translate to a Broadway musical like Frozen", so perhaps you will see it on stage at some point!

  • JFG says:

    This is cool news!

    I suppose when ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ arrives this Christmas, we will have a taste as to what to expect from David Magee for ‘The Silver Chair’ and ‘The Snow Queen’.